Oct. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary since five Japanese citizens were repatriated from North Korea after being abducted by Pyongyang's agents in the 1970s. The government claims that the North has failed to properly address the fate of 12 more Japanese abductees that remain missing, while others say there could be as many as 100 or more.

Following are questions and answers regarding the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea's secretive regime:

When did the abductions take place?